This post contains affiliate links.  Well, we went rogue in the month of June and tried to piecemeal a geography curriculum and our own read alouds related to that curriculum.  (You’ll see a few of those books show up in next month’s read aloud report.)  Any way, we decided Sonlight is best, and as of the beginning of July, we’re back to Sonlight, this time in Level D.

Books We Read

This month we finished four books.

The Best Books

We had one favorite this month:

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 (June 2020)

I LOVED The Wednesday Wars, and the girls did, too.  Set during the Vietnam War, Holling is in 7th grade.  He has to stay alone with his teacher every Wednesday afternoon while the other kids go to religious classes.  Holling is sure his teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates him, but nothing could be further from the truth.  In this coming of age story, Holling suffers under the shadow of his father’s career aspirations, watches teachers suffer while their husbands fight in Vietnam, and finds himself and his own voice.

This book is so beautifully written that it brought me to tears several times.  When we finished the book, I immediately ordered several more books from Gary D. Schmidt for us to read aloud.

This book has 264 pages.

Other Books We Read

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 (June 2020)

My Jasper June was a bit different and heavy for the girls’ ages.  Leah’s only sibling drowned last year, and since then, life hasn’t been the same for her family.  Her parents are like empty shells, and she, too, has shed her former life and is now alone and lonely. . .until she meets Jasper June.  Leah later discovers that Jasper June has run away from home and is living in an abandoned building.  Like Leah, Jasper June has her own difficult story of alcoholism within her family and abuse.  The girls form an unlikely friendship and help one another heal.

This book has 291 pages.

Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathon Rodgers

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 (June 2020)

In Bark of the Bog Owl, Aidan Errolson lives a comfortable life as the youngest in a family of five sons.  Aidan has an adventurous spirit, which leads him to meet the feechiefolk, a reclusive band of swamp dwellers.  A prophet tells him that he is to be the Wilderking, the man who will work to make the kingdom of Corenwald respectable again.

But first, Corenwald must fight an old enemy.  This story in some parts is reminiscent of the David and Goliath story.  We enjoyed this book and plan to read the next two in the trilogy.

This book has 236 pages.

St. Katherine Drexel: The Total Gift by Susan Helen Wallace, FSP

THE Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 (June 2020)

While St. Katherine Drexel came from a wealthy family, she gave all of that up to become a nun and later open schools around the country for Native American and African American students.  St. Katherine Drexel: The Total Gift documents her amazing life as one of the United States few recognized saints.

This book is 131 pages long.

Make sure to check out the

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {May 2020} that we read last month, and

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {April 2020} that we read in April, and

the best (and worst ) books for ages 8 to 12 {March 2020} that we read in March,  and

best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {February 2020} that we read in February, and

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {January 2020} that we read in January!

JUNE STATS:

Books read: 4

# of pages read: 922

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2020 STATS:

Books read in 2020: 41

Audios listened to in 2020: 13

Total books read or listened to in 2020: 54

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